Getting into character as the fire-breathing Smaug involved sticking white dots all over his face and rolling around on the floor
With 25 extra minutes not seen in theaters, and over nine hours of bonus features, the Extended Edition is coming November 4, and we’ve got the exclusive trailer. What better way to get fired up for the trilogy’s fire breathing finale, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” then with an even deeper journey into Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth? Well since you asked for a better way; how about a giveaway to go with it?
In an exclusive never-before-seen clip from the upcoming extended edition Blu-ray (available Nov. 4) of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, our heroes are faced with the need to cross The Enchanted River as Thorin (Richard Armitage) and crew make their way through Mirkwood.
Lee Pace has a busy summer: His new series about computer programming in the 1980s, AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, just premiered last Sunday, and then he vaults to the big screen on Aug. 1 playing the villain in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. In it, Pace plays Ronan the Accuser, the genocidal leader of the alien Kree race, whom the actor compares to Osama bin Laden. Ronan strikes a deal with the intergalactic dictator Thanos (the purple guy from the post-credits scene in The Avengers) to retrieve a powerful artifact in exchange for wiping out Ronan’s enemies.
A linguist explores the ways memorable villain names evoke evil intentions by drawing on the shady corners of the lexicon and building on connotations of pre-existing words
There’s a tired formula to ensemble action-fantasy films that hasn’t really changed since the first “Star Wars” came out in 1977 when a gun-wielding Princess Leia, along with her intergalactic comrades, took cineplexes by storm. With the lead cast announced for “Star Wars: Episode VII,” it’s becoming clear we have another token inner-circle heroine to look forward to in newcomer British actress Daisy Ridley (and maybe one more leading lady, according to The Hollywood Reporter ). Unless Carrie Fisher winds up getting loads of screen time and starts wielding a lightsaber, it looks like Ridley may be our “Star Wars” ‘it’ girl in more ways than one. [Related: Who’s Who and What’s What in the ‘Star Wars’ Casting Pic ] It’s nothing new to see the one girl among a male-heavy hero-clique.
"Tell me, thief, how do you choose to die?" Those words are just as chilling when they’re coming from a Lego version of Smaug the Tyrannical, as featured in our exclusive cutscene from “Lego The Hobbit,” the latest Lego-themed video game. "My teeth are swords, my claws are spears, my wings are a hurricane," boasts the mighty dragon in the dulcet tones of Benedict Cumberbatch, an impressively rendered creature whose sinister magnificence transcends even the usually cutesy limitations of Lego character design. The cutscene from the video game makes for a considerably truncated version of the rather lengthy exchange between Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and Smaug as the burgling hobbit searches for the precious Arkenstone amongst the dragon’s sprawling booty.
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" Blu-ray Bonus: Bard Peter Jackson discusses how they expanded Luke Evans’s role from the book.
And as we found out in our POPsessions interview below, so is the man who plays Bard: Luke Evans. Evans phoned in to promote next week’s home-video release of the middle “Hobbit” film, and we took the opportunity to find out the Welsh actor’s pop-culture likes and dislikes. Luke Evans: I’m trying to remember.